Bus crash driver ’four times the limit’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

A BUS driver was al­legedly four times over the le­gal al­co­hol limit when he crashed his pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle into two houses in Syd­ney’s north­west at the week­end.

Po­lice are wait­ing on the re­sults of blood tests be­fore lay­ing charges over the crash at North Ryde on Satur­day.

The 61-year-old driver of the bus, who was pho­tographed at his home in Bel­rose in Syd­ney’s north yes­ter­day, al­legedly recorded a blood al­co­hol level of 0.2 when breath tested — four times the le­gal limit.

It is be­lieved the bus driver was on his way to pick up a group of party go­ers to take them to the De­fqon dance fes­ti­val in Pen­rith when his ve­hi­cle left the road and crashed into the two houses. A neigh­bour told how the driver was “shak­ing’’ and in shock af­ter the ac­ci­dent. The pri­vately owned bus char­ter com­pany has sus­pended the man pend­ing the out­come of the investigation. No one was se­ri­ously in­jured in the crash, but two women who were in­side one of the houses were treated for mi­nor scratches.

Res­i­dents of the two dam­aged homes are un­able to re­turn as the houses are at risk of col­lapse.

The bus jammed into the house.

Pic­ture: Chan­nel 7.

The bus driver.

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